Chai With a Twist

I have been getting a lot great feedback since my last blog on Masala Chai. Besides the unique blend of flavors, Chai has many healing properties that are sometimes overlooked. For example, the cardamom and fennel seeds in Masala Chai aid in digestion, while the black tea used is an excellent anti-oxidant. This is one of the reasons that Chai is served after a large Indian meal - it helps digest the food!

This weekend I realized there are many different variations to Chai. On Saturday I got a call from my cousin who was having severe menstrual cramps. She said she did not want to take any drugs to mask the pain for a couple of hours. I told her to come over and I put on a large pot of Ajwain Chai with one added ingredient:   Ajawain (Carom Seeds).

Ajawain is known to bring on menstruation and cleanse the body. In India, after a woman gives birth she is given a mixture of Carom Seeds and Gurr in water, which is known to assist in postpartum bleeding.   This is an important time because it cleanses the uterus of the residual products of conception.

The best way to make Ajawain Chai is to put the Carom Seeds into the boiling water at the same time as the other spices. Let the water simmer for at least ten minutes to allow all the flavors to infuse. You can then add milk and follow the instructions from the Masala Chai blog.

Chai with ginger is another alternative which aids in recovering from a cold. Ginger root causes the body to heat up and perspire, which is thought to help with chills.   This chai also helps to relieve a dry cough and clears congestion! Ginger chai is very easy to make. You can use the same Masala Chai recipe and just add ginger root. You can experiment with how much ginger you want to add,;the more ginger you add — the spicier the Chai will be.

May these chai recipes help heal you..

Love and health.

Geeta

There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.   ~Bernard-Paul Heroux